|Who is really surprised that he lived like this? I mean, he looks like he stank, doesn't he?|
A basketball star has gone from the top of his game to the depths of squalor living in a pit piled high with trash, pools of human waste and riddled with bullets — and RadarOnline.com has video evidence of the fall from grace.
Former Seattle Sonic baller Robert Swift once made $20 million after being picked up by the team in the first round of the NBA draft, but now at just 27 he is down and out in the Sammamish suburb after losing his home to foreclosure last summer.
Instead of succumbing to the bank’s demands to leave, the 7’1″ red-headed giant had been squatting at the mansion and transformed it from a desirable home to a den of inequity, reported KOMO News.
“It seems like a very sad story and I definitely feel for him,” said the new owner, Jessica Ko-Dalzell. When she bought the foreclosed home with husband, Eric, in January for half the original price, it was already in a terrible state, with trash piled high all over, rotting food, pools of human waste, beer cans covering the grassy lawn, bullet holes piercing the garage window, and Chevrolet El Caminos with missing engines sat unmoving in the driveway.
According to KOMO, Swift has now flown from his dirty coop — leaving a path of devastation in his wake. A massive dumpster sits outside the house filling up with the dreams of the man fans hoped would be Seattle’s basketball savior.
“It was a shocker,” said Eric Dalzell recalling his reaction when he first entered the property. “Right now it is pretty unsanitary and super unsafe to be walking around here. This is the lovely way that somebody lives – lots of pizza boxes,” and laying on one is a photo of the former NBA star in his hey day.
“Either a bat hit it or a fist hit it,” Dalzell mused, while staring at a deep hole in the wall. “It is pretty foul, it smells like a lot of stale, rotting beer.
“There were guns every where,” he added, along with a collection of knives and a curious “body torso” that had been used for shooting practice.
Downstairs is a reminder of Swift’s wasted talent on the court, as boxes filled with scholarship letters from top basketball schools fill the closets – some of which were never even opened because the California native went straight into the NBA from high school.
Swift will not have to go to court over the real estate debacle and his whereabouts remain unknown as the Dalzells say he never answered the countless letters they sent him.
After moving to Oklahoma City when the Sonics became the Thunder, the center was cut in December 2009 following repeated knee injuries. He went on to play for the for Tokyo Apache in Japan during the 2010 – 11 season but has since slipped into obscurity.